Firefighters were called to a house fire in Freeport early...

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Freeport early Wednesday. (Jan. 26, 2011) Credit: Nick Stein

Police rescued an elderly woman from a fire in her Freeport home Wednesday morning after someone threw a firebomb through her front window, officials said.

Nassau County's arson bomb squad is investigating the fire in the home on Hampton Place, officials said.

After the house caught fire about 3:20 a.m., police removed the woman, 75, then began to put out the fire with hand-held extinguishers, police said.

The Freeport Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, which was contained to the living room, according to police.

No one was injured. The woman was not identified.

The firebomb was described as a Molotov cocktail.

Jon Mendoza said his former mother-in-law was sleeping in a chair in the living room when the firebomb flew through the window.

"The whole house is burned up and smoked out," said Mendoza, 44, of Freeport, who was at the woman's house Wednesday to assess the damage.

He said she was the only one home at the time and the Red Cross has placed her in alternate housing.

The house reeks of smoke, he said, and may have to be gutted.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

With Jessica Lewis

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